Newark and Sherwood residents – the happiest in England
Newark and Sherwood District Council is delighted – but not surprised – that a new survey reveals that people in the district are the happiest in England and the third happiest in the UK.
The survey, from the Office for National Statistics, reflects the high quality of life here and the emphasis the council has put on a shared prosperity for its residents.
Very low rates of unemployment and increasing levels of investment- with the council taking a leading role – have helped improve the economic well-being of the district and reduced people’s anxieties, as the survey sets out.
In the last 18 months alone the council has opened the new £6million National Civil War Centre – a major new cultural and historical attraction – and the £9million Newark Sports and Fitness Centre – both of which have brought major benefits to local people and the local economy in terms of jobs, apprenticeships and trade.
The council has also established a Visitor Gateway in Newark to cater for and encourage tourism in the district and is also currently building new offices close to the centre of Newark, bringing economic benefits both during and beyond construction.
The council has also worked with major local employers to support jobs and help encourage economic growth.
There are 1.3 per cent of the district’s potential total workforce claiming out of work benefits compared to 1.5 per cent for the East Midlands and 1.8 per cent nationally.
Almost 250 new affordable homes have been built since 2013 - 57 built by the district council – and many more are planned in the next five years under a £30million house-building programme.
The survey looked at life satisfaction, the degree to which people feel worthwhile, their happiness and levels of anxiety
Councillor Roger Blaney, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “This survey confirms what we’ve known all along – that Newark and Sherwood is a fantastic place to live.
“As a council we work very hard to help improve people’s lives and where we can, to increase levels of prosperity and help reduce levels of anxiety by removing some of the uncertainties in people’s lives. Unemployment is at a very low level and our economy is doing well but we are not complacent going forward, and will continue to work hard for all our residents.